In 2012 when Sarah announced she would not run I supported Newt Gingrich whose experience policies, pro-life stance and Electoral college viability made him the logical choice. Unfortunately the Romney money and machine ended his prospects in Florida and the result was another four years of the Obama administration.
I wrote recently that Senator Ted Cruz possesses the same Electoral College qualities as Gingrich-perhaps even more so as set out AT THIS LINK and the ideal ticket would be Palin/Cruz. If Sarah does not run in 2016 then Senator Cruz, with four years under his belt, would be the best choice to head the ticket.
This assessment is starting to become apparent to more in the GOP as the commencement of the polling rise for Senator Cruz is getting under way. This rise is mirroring his remarkable ascent from obscurity, with essentially no hope except the reverse hope of being written off by PPP Polling-the Daily Kos Democratic aligned pollster.
Here is the first poll about Cruz's seemingly hopeless challenge to Texas Lt. Governor Dewhurst, the establishment (including Governor Perry) backed candidate; You can see PPP getting it utterly wrong as the campaign progresses at the links.
January 2011 Dewhurst 23% Cruz 3% (Dewhurst +20)
PPP Polling July 2011 Dewhurst 40% Cruz 11% (Dewhurst +29)
PPP PollingSeptember 2011 Dewhurst 41% Cruz 12% (Dewhurst +29
January 2012 Dewhurst 36% Cruz 18% (Dewhurst +18)
Then came Palin's endorsement which turned the campaign on its head. Cruz is the first to acknowledge that "I would not be here today (as senator) without Sarah Palin"
PALIN ENDORSES CRUZ MAY 10th CRUZ CAMPAIGN REPORTS MASSIVE INTEREST
First post PALIN endorsement poll May 21st
Dewhurst 40% Cruz 31% (Dewhurst +9)
And here is the end result of Cruz's remarkable rise through utter positivity, hard work, personal appeal (including, importantly to Democratic Hispanics) and the endorsement of Sarah Palin.
And here is PPP's puzzled response:
"PPP's first poll of the Texas Senate runoff finds Ted Cruz with a surprising 49-44 lead and a much more enthusiastic cadre of supporters than former front runner David Dewhurst.This race is one of the most stark examples of the Tea Party movement propelling a candidate that we've seen to date. 40% of voters identify themselves as members of that movement and Cruz has a 71-26 advantage with them. Dewhurst leads 57-34 with non-Tea Partiers, and they are 50% of the electorate, but it's not nearly enough to drown out Cruz's advantage with that group"
Who could gainsay that if Sarah Palin endorsed Senator Cruz for the presidency that the same result would not follow?
What we can now detect, at this very early stage, which is a mirror of the early stages of Cruz's Texas campaign, is the first indications of the Cruz groundswell. As voters, especially conservatives, realize that there is no alternative (except Palin of course) the exact same means of ascent will develop from groundswell to avalanche.
New Hampshire can hardly be considered as fertile, easy ground, for a still relatively unknown first term senator from Texas. Yet, in this new poll we see Cruz at 4%, which is 1 point better than his starting point in Texas, when included with other prospective candidates, especially Chris Christie in his nearby turf, with high name recognition.
And if we look at all New Hampshire polling date which includes Senator Cruz we can see the same pattern-1%-2%-4% which, as time goes by, will continue on multiples as the various media front-runners, such as Marco Rubio self-destruct.
Here is the best illustration of the Cruz effect and again, we see the same ascent 3% 7% 12% in this nationwide poll.
Although it is an unscientific poll this Conservative HQ readers poll shows clearly, and is another sign of Cruz's remarkable ascendancy, what a significant segment, i.e. conservative activists, want to see as the 2016 ticket and it is clearly Palin/Cruz; LINK